Hong Kong's Best Group-Friendly Restaurants: Why Nobody Dines Alone Here

"Table for one" is probably one of the most rarely heard phrases in Hong Kong. Dining in a big group is the norm, whether it's colleagues from work, a bunch of friends from school meeting up for a reunion, or a family getting together for their regular Sunday nosh. Vast circular tables with a revolving stand in the middle – so everyone gets a chance to dig it to their favorite dish – are a routine accessory in Chinese restaurants. In short, catering for large parties is so normal in Hong Kong restaurants it's barely given a second glance.

Pretty much wherever you travel in Hong Kong, there's a restaurant that will do very nicely for a big group dinner. Up on the Peak, Cafe Deco holds sway. Down on the waters of Aberdeen harbor, the Jumbo Floating Restaurant has been entertaining folk by the score for decades. And as well as local operations, there are big international names like Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, known the world over for its fine dishes, and Chef Bombana's Otto e Mezzo.

With big groups comes a fair amount of noise. Hong Kong's restaurants tend to be fairly boisterous, with everyone giving vent to their feelings of enjoyment of both company and what's on the table.

It sounds incredible but it's true: the yummiest Italian food outside Italy is hidden at the south tip of China, according to the Michelin Guide. Located on Chater Road in Central, fine-dining restaurant 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA in Central was...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Isola

Hong Kong is not lacking when it comes to restaurants with a view, so a place needs to be truly exceptional in some other way to distinguish itself from the pack. Isola's floor-to-ceiling windows and huge outdoor terrace do indeed offer stunning...  Read More

Tsim Sha Tsui

As with Chinese food, Italian fare lends itself to big group meals. This sophisticated Italian restaurant is located at the Royal Garden Hotel, in the heart of the Tsim Sha Tsui East business district. Inside, you'll find a dining environment...  Read More

Bombay Dreams
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Indian food is quite popular in Hong Kong, given the city's substantial Indian population, so purveyors of the piquant cuisine are a dime a dozen. Bombay Dreams earns high marks, though, for its exceptional cooking. A wide variety of appetizers...  Read More

Yung Kee

The famous Yung Kee is enormous and one of Hong Kong's oldest and most popular Cantonese restaurants. The roasted goose is their signature entree, but the menu also features a fairly large list of award-winning dishes. The restaurant offers four...  Read More

Gold by Harlan Goldstein
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Gold's Italian dishes are complemented by other European items, and an exceptionally well-curated wine list. The decor is inspiring, and the clientele the sort of people who appreciate the finer things in life. The success of Gold is of course...  Read More

Ruth's Chris Steak House
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If you are planning to eat in this restaurant, better plan to arrive with an empty stomach. Menu selections in this steakhouse include the mouthwatering New York Strip or a jaw-dropping 40-oz. Porterhouse Steak for two. Dishes such as stuffed...  Read More

Jumbo Floating Restaurant
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In operation for decades, the Jumbo has become something of a landmark. Renovated to create a modern and stylish interior, expansions over the years include a tea garden, banquet and party facilities and a museum exhibit of bronzeware. The...  Read More

Tsim Sha Tsui
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The intriguing decor, the magnificent views, and the delectable food offered at this establishment complement one another to create an unforgettable dining experience. The sleek interior was designed by the renowned Philippe-Starck. Menu...  Read More


Meet Ed Peters

Ed Peters has been based in Asia for most of his adult life, and counts Hong Kong as his second home. While he lives in a farming village on one of the outlying islands, getting to the city center...  More About Ed